Movies like The Namesake

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The Namesake (2006)
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The Namesake (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, dramatic, poignant, affectionate ...
Plot: arranged marriage, culture clash, immigrants, childhood, marriage, family life, rebel, teenage life, parents and children, newlyweds, family problems, society, adolescence, generation gap, fish out of water, tragic event, acceptance, childbirth, child birth, family tradition, loss of family member, bollywood, bittersweet, coming of age, suburbs ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, taj mahal, usa, kolkata, india, ohio

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and emotional films with plots about parents and children, family relations, bittersweet, coming of age, family problems, dysfunctional family and culture clash mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Namesake: A River Runs Through It (1992), The Joy Luck Club (1993), In America (2002), Red Doors (2005), The War (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, fishing, childhood, wilderness, americana, generation gap, family relations, self discovery, coming of age, friendship, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 30s ...
Place: montana, usa
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The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chinese, friendship, haunted by the past, immigrants, storytelling, hopes, golden years, women, parents and children, self discovery, human nature, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, usa, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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In America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Irish immigrant family adjusts to life in the United States, a chance to get over the lost son. They have no money and the apartment is in bad condition.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: aids, artist, loss of son, redemption, dying, starting over, childhood, society, family life, parents and children, overcoming, acceptance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, ireland
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69%
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 1K
Red Doors (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family life, dysfunctional family, family problems, human nature, parents and children, culture clash, youth, single parent, suburbs, family in crisis, family relations, prank ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, bullying, family relations, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, bittersweet, homecoming, family problems, understanding, generation gap ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, mississippi, usa, asia
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53%
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Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, friends, immigrants, family relations, opposites attract, human nature, family life, youth, culture clash, single parent, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
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53%
Immediate Family (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, pregnancy, society, babies and infants, single parent, youth, hopes, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, parents and children, couple relations, social differences ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: washington state, seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: sentimental, psychological, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: reunion, missing child, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, family life, parents and children, police detective, family problems, crimes, mother son reunion, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, contemplative, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: immigrants, family relations, cold war, friendship, family, love and romance, self discovery, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, on the run, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, year 1950 ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, usa, austria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like BĂ­lal is about to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Audience: student film
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, family business, self discovery, follow your dream, society, hopes, family problems, parents and children, human spirit, family life, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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My Family (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in ...
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: family relations, immigrants, murder, wedding, coming of age, marriage, death of wife, family, rebelliousness, reunion, couples, misfit ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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47%
Since Otar Left (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Georgia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The one joy in the lives of a mother and daughter comes from the regular letters sent to them from Paris from the family's adored son, Otar. When the daughter finds out that Otar has died suddenly, she tries to conceal the truth from her ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, harsh, emotional ...
Plot: life is a bitch, elderly, human nature, protecting from truth, generation gap, parents and children, loss of child, family problems, society, dealing with death, mother daughter relationship, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, france, russia, usa ...
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47%
The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hanoi comes across almost picture-perfect in director Tran Anh Hung's beautiful, elegiac tale about the lives and loves of three Vietnamese sisters. A mood characteristic of Hung's films is set early on with the vivid sounds of birds, ...
Style: sincere, serious, touching, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family life, couples, family relations, siblings relations, love and romance, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, family problems, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A mother and daughter dispute is resolved by the "Yaya sisterhood" - long time friends of the mother.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, sincere, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, mental illness, estrangement, playwright, family problems, family relations, secret society, parents and children, haunted by the past, human nature, rescue ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Almost a Woman (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: immigrants, lifestyle, rise to the top, human spirit, single parent, teenage life, parents and children, family life, family problems, youth, hopes, teachers and students ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, latin america, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, love and romance, poetry, parents and children, writer's life, family problems, innocence lost, family in crisis, teenage life, teachers and students, writers ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Of Boys and Men (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Robert Townsend stars as the patriarch of a family devastated when his wife is killed in a senseless auto accident. Reeling with grief, each family member must find courage and vision to carry on, ultimately eager to do the mother proud.
Style: realistic, sentimental, captivating, psychological, touching ...
Plot: family relations, family life, family in crisis, parents and children, youth, car accident, accidental death, death of wife, grief, society, love, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A sprawling drama centered on five key days in a family's life.
Style: semi serious, emotional, touching, clever, realistic ...
Plot: diary, family relations, marriage, family life, couple relations, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, couples, marital problem, family feud, taxi driver, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 21st century, year 2000 ...
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Fly Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter's future. As her child becomes an adult, what used to work, no longer does. What will sustain her daughter, ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: autism, parents and children, moral dilemma, mentally challenged, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, single parent, youth, child illness, nursing, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Mississippi Masala (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, light, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, culture clash, immigrants, romance, racism, love affair, opposites attract, social differences, fall in love, family relations, racial prejudice, family drama ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, africa, india, usa, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: custody battle, courtroom, divorce, single father, family relations, couples, lawyer, marriage, selfishness, father son relationship, family problems, family ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, manhattan, new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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ABCD (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The only goal of an ageing Indian-American widow is to see her son and rebellious daughter (described as an American Born Confused Desi or ABCD) married off to respectable Indian families.
Style: sincere, clever, touching, talky, serious ...
Plot: culture clash, parents and children, interracial relations, introspection, siblings relations, society, immigrants, romance, family problems, family relations, bittersweet, wedding ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Left Luggage (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While escaping from Nazis during the WWII, a Jewish man dug suitcases full of things dear to his heart in the ground two. The war deprived him of his family, and afterwards he endlessly turns over the soil of Antwerp to find the suitcases, which ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: nanny, eviction, family relations, liberal, haunted by the past, parents and children, holocaust survivor, religions or cults, mentally challenged, jewish, racism, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, belgium, antwerp, israel, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Jack (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Jack, in full puberty, not only has to deal with his parents' divorce, but also feels his world is falling apart when his dad tells him he is living with a man. He slowly comes to terms with his own feelings when the girl he has a crush on turn ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, humorous, touching, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, coming of age, self discovery, teenage love, family life, parents and children, lifestyle, crumbling marriage, youth, unfulfillment, family problems, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, year 1982
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
What Girls Learn (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two teenage girls must come to terms with their stepfather when their mother is struck by illness.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: teenage girl, single mother, stepfather, family relations, teenage life, teenage love, youth, romance, family problems, couples, estrangement, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: georgia, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: touching, realistic, contemplative, serious, nostalgic ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, interracial relations, parents and children, youth, clergy, society, teenage life, friends, family relations ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Carry Me Home (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A widow named Harriet and her two children Carrie and Brian are living in rural New York in 1947 and are still recovering from the death of Harriet's husband killed in World War II. Carrie is a tomboy and hangs around with boys and they have ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: mentally challenged, countryside, wooing, dysfunctional family, self discovery, prank, hopes, couples, family problems, human nature, parents and children, destiny ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: transsexual, gender bending, gender, parents and children, family problems, society, unfulfillment, family drama, sexuality, lgbt, depression, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Middle-aged widow Beatrice Hunsdorfer (Joanne Woodward) and her daughters Ruth (Roberta Wallach) and Matilda (Nell Potts) are struggling to survive in a society they barely understand. Beatrice dreams of opening an elegant tea room but does not have ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, sentimental, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, coming of age, family problems, family life, parents and children, life is a bitch, teacher, winning, dysfunctional family, single father, bittersweet, teenage life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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One True Thing (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems, death of parent, loss of parent, cancer, tragedy, small town, family relations, family drama ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%